2011 - 104 swimmers were accompanied by escort kayakers, outriggers and surf ski paddlers, support boats.  Supporters and onlookers perched on the best vantage points of the historic jetty and the granite rock headlands surrounding and it's reef fringed shallows.

                                            Picture postcard perfect! 

                                             PHOTOS FROM THE 2011 SWIM...


2013 event calendar!

Strand Fitness Ocean Swim (1.25km, 2.5km, 5km) Sun 16th June 2013

Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim (8km) Sun 28th July 2013

King & Queen of the River Swim - delayed due to river weed

Best of Magnetic Ocean Classic Swim - Sun Sept 8th 2013







Best of Magnetic Ocean Classic Swim 2013 - results 



   2013  results!

Enjoy north Queensland's tropical winter weather and participate in the longest open water swim in Queensland and northern Australia!

The Subway Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim starts at waters edge, in front of the Picnic Bay SLSC, Magnetic Island and finishes at water's edge, in front of the SLSC  Clubhouse on the Strand Beach adjacent to the Strand Park jetty in Townsville. A total distance of   8 km.

It is run by a small dedicated team of volunteers as the Management Committee and another 20-30 volunteers on the day of the event. 2008 was the inaugural 'cage-less' swim. Prior to 2008, swimmers swam in shark cages.

About the Swim

2013 will be the 59th year this event has been conducted. It will be the 6th year the event has been  'cage-less'. The swim is run by the Townsville Open Water Swimming Assoc. Inc. (TOWSA)

The race briefing allows visiting swimmers and locals to head over and enjoy what Magnetic Island has to offer, before the big race starting late Sunday morning. 

 2013 race rules and information


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